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Lauderdale County, Mississippi
Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Lauderdale County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1833
Seat Meridian
Largest City Meridian
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

715 sq mi (1,852 km²)
704 sq mi (1,823 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 1.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

80,261
114/sq mi (44/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.lauderdalecounty.org
Named for: James Lauderdale

Lauderdale County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 80,261. The county seat is Meridian. The county is named for Colonel James Lauderdale, who was killed at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812.

Lauderdale County is included in the Meridian, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Lauderdale County had 16 documented lynchings in the period from 1877 to 1950; most occurred around the turn of the 20th century in this period of racial terrorism.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 715 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 704 square miles (1,820 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (1.6%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-59.svg Interstate 59
  • I-20.svg Interstate 20
  • US 11.svg U.S. Highway 11
  • US 45.svg U.S. Highway 45
  • US 80.svg U.S. Highway 80
  • Circle sign 19.svg Mississippi Highway 19
  • Circle sign 39.svg Mississippi Highway 39

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 5,358
1850 8,717 62.7%
1860 13,313 52.7%
1870 13,462 1.1%
1880 21,501 59.7%
1890 29,661 38.0%
1900 38,150 28.6%
1910 46,919 23.0%
1920 45,897 −2.2%
1930 52,748 14.9%
1940 58,247 10.4%
1950 64,171 10.2%
1960 67,119 4.6%
1970 67,087 0.0%
1980 77,285 15.2%
1990 75,555 −2.2%
2000 78,161 3.4%
2010 80,261 2.7%
Est. 2015 78,524 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 78,161 people, 29,990 households, and 20,573 families residing in the county. The population density was 111 people per square mile (43/km²). There were 33,418 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 60.15% White, 38.18% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 1.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 29,990 households out of which 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.70% were married couples living together, 18.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,768, and the median income for a family was $37,581. Males had a median income of $31,069 versus $21,111 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,026. About 17.10% of families and 20.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.80% of those under age 18 and 18.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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